Claims against Eyecee One and EyeCee Crystal Intraocular lenses
After cataract surgery patients are usually overjoyed at having their cloudy vision corrected however for some the benefits may not last and further urgent treatment may become necessary to prevent sight loss. High intraocular pressure is a condition that can cause permanent damage or in extreme cases it can lead to loss of sight. Eyecee One and EyeCee Crystal lenses have been recalled because they are causing raised intraocular pressure in some patients.
We have received enquiries from patients who have been notified that they have received these recalled intraocular lenses which have now been found to increase intraocular pressure. These lenses, which were available between September 2021 and November 2022, are manufactured by NIDEK Co., Limited in Japan and distributed by Bausch & Lomb UK Limited. The lenses were recalled in January 2023. All patients were advised to have the pressure in their eyes tested within two weeks of notification. An updated Urgent Field Safety Notice released by the manufacturers in July 2023, blamed a coating used in the injectors used to implant the lenses. They have discovered that the coating obstructs the natural drainage pathways in the eye. This obstruction causes the fluid pressure within the eye to increase and requires urgent treatment to correct it. The problem affects two models of the lenses – EyeCee One and EyeCee Crystal. The lenses have been used by private hospitals and by NHS trusts for cataract surgery.
The recall directs patients who have received these EyeCee products to return to their cataract surgery provider to have their intraocular pressure checked because the condition can be symptomless. The advice given in the recall notice is to immediately seek an eye pressure assessment.
The damage caused by raised intraocular pressure cannot be reversed. Treatment and regular check-ups can help to slow or prevent vision loss. Treatment consists of prescription eye drops to be administered several times a day, oral medication, laser treatment, surgery or a combination of these treatments.
How we can help?
If you have received any of these lenses and been affected by this product recall then we can help you. Against the manufacturers and suppliers of the product we can allege that you received a product that was not as safe as persons generally are entitled to expect or that the product you received was not of satisfactory quality and not fit for purpose. We have a proven track record of successful intraocular lens claims against a number of manufacturers and suppliers. We are therefore ideally placed to provide you with advice on whether you are entitled to compensation for your injury.
If as a result of suffering from visual impairment, a loss of independence, an inability to drive, have had to give up your job or had your leisure activities restricted, we can take you through the process of making a claim for compensation. In addition to your pain and suffering, you could be entitled to your out-of-pocket expenses incurred in seeking remedial treatment, time off work and care needs.
We can act on behalf of claimants under no-win no fee agreements so that if we don’t win your case there is no bill to pay.
If you have received any of these lenses and been affected, please contact our product liability solicitors.
Pauline has over 32 years’ experience of multi-party litigation relating to medical devices, implants and pharmaceuticals. She has also acted on behalf of claimants in all aspects of health care claims. Representing adults, children and claimants without capacity. Handling claims of moderate value up to claims involving multi-million pound damages.
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